Meet Us Monday – Krista Ash, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work?
My biggest hobby right now is spending time with my family. I have a 2 ½ year old daughter that keeps me on my toes! I love gardening and landscaping. I can’t wait for spring!! I also love to go hunting with my husband, father and father-in-law.
Q. How long have you worked at Gillette?
I have been at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare for almost 6 ½ years.
Q. Do you have any kids or pets?
I have a 2 ½ year old daughter, Samantha, and another baby due in July. I also have a sweet chocolate lab named Ruby.
Q. As a child, which superhero did you admire?
I was really into He-man and She-Ra for a while when I was younger. She-Ra had incredible strength and was extremely fast and acrobatic. She also had other abilities which were more nurturing in nature such as empathic understanding, mental communication with animals and healing. She-Ra was also largely non-violent and often preferred to outsmart her rivals.
Q. What is your favorite food?
I love Mexican food and anything with pasta.
Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?
I would love to go to Australia and also Alaska in the summertime.
Q. What is your favorite musician/band/type of music?
I like a variety of music from classic rock, alternative (not the screaming kind), and country.
Q. What drew you to Gillette?
I have always wanted to work with children as well as be in a healthcare setting. I found Therapeutic Recreation when I was in college at Winona my Sophomore year. This was a perfect degree for me as it would allow me to do both. I started working with kids and teens with disabilities in college and really enjoyed it. Once I graduated, I learned about Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and applied as soon as there was an open position!
Q. Do you have a favorite story/memory from Gillette?
There are so many! The all time favorite memories I have are watching the patients I have worked with and helped come back to Gillette to tell me about their new adapted bike or new activity they have tried and love or that they have started college!
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?
I really enjoy teaming up with Courage Center every year for our Adapted Bike and Sports Expo. Being at Gillette, I get the opportunity o help patients and their families find ways to get involved and be active in their community and at home-but most of the time I never get to see the patient actually participating. At the expo, I actually get to see our patients participate in a rewarding activity and I also get to see the smiles on their faces light up when they get on a bike for the first time!